RCB vs KKR, the second match of the second leg of IPL 2021 was special for few reasons. Firstly, this was the first match that Virat Kohli will lead the side after confirming to quit his RCB captaincy after IPL 2021. Secondly, this was the 200th IPL match for Virat Kohli in RCB jersey and IPL. This makes him the only and first player to play 200 matches for a single franchise. However, the match did not go the same way Virat would have wished. But, surely it was for the men in purple, Kolkata Knight Riders.
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With the pressure of winning a minimum of six out of the remaining seven matches, KKR looked desperate soon after Virat Kohli chose to bat after winning the toss. Varun Chakravarthy and Prasidh Krishna shared the new ball for KKR. Krishna pulled the trigger for the Knights as he trapped the opponent captain in front of the wicket in his first over. Even the DRS could not save Kohli.
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Then it was Devdutt Padikkal who went for 22 trying to uppercut a quick short ball from Lockie Ferguson. Post that debutant KS Bharat and Glenn Maxwell tried to pull things off. But a bouncer from Andre Russell got too high for Bharat as RCB lost their third. Now all the eyes were on AB de Villiers. But a quick yorker from Russell unsettled the stumps as Mr.360 went for a golden duck.
Glenn Maxwell looked frustrated as he tried to hawk one from Varun Chakravarthy and got clean bowled. Then the rest of the team fell like a house of cards as Hasaranga’s debut with the bat lasted only one ball. Sachin Baby could not do much either. In the end, RCB got all-out for only 92. Russell and Varun both finished with 3 wickets apiece.
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KKR’s chase – RCB vs KKR
Thinking of the run rate for the later stages of the tournament, KKR went bang on from the go. Debutant Venkatesh Iyer did not hold back as well. The big left-hander from Madhya Pradesh started his IPL career with some big shots against Kyle Jamieson. Watching his partner go for it, Shubman Gill started showing his class as well.
Few straight down the grounds from Gill and power shots from Iyer took KKR past fifty in no time. Soon Kohli turned on to Chahal and Hasaranga but failed. A sweep from Gill sent the signal that he meant business. Gill who was out of cricket for last month showed no signs of lack of confidence.
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Kohli then asked for Harshal Patel, the purple cap winner to have a go at the openers. However, he could not even break the partnership. Furthermore, Iyer looked more confident as the reverse scooped Hasaranga for a four. However, RCB tasted their first wicket as Gill tried to hit Chahal out of the park. Gill went for a well made 48
In the end, KKR thrashed an average looking RCB with 61 balls left and 9 wickets in hand. Iyer finished off with a powerful 41 runs of 27 balls.